UK weather forecast: Met Office issue FOUR DAYS of YELLOW WARNINGS as FEROCIOUS storm hits

The may be sunny and calm outside right now but this is all set to change as Britain prepares for four days of severe weather. Storm Gareth, named by the Irish meteorological office, is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain later on Tuesday into Wednesday. The has issued two yellow weather warnings for wind on both days, warning some of the severe gusts pose a “danger to life” from flying debris. The first warning, running from 9pm tonight until 3pm tomorrow, covers England and Wales, plus parts of southwest Scotland.

A second warning for "strong northwesterly winds" is in place for large swathes of northern Ireland, where the life-threatening conditions are.

People are being warned to expect travel chaos and for a chance of damage to buildings and power cuts.

The warning adds: “There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

Heavy rain is also expected to accompany the winds over the far northwest of England between 12.15am and 12pm on Wednesday.

The Met Office says flooding of a few homes and businesses is “likely”.

Further downpours will follow on Thursday and Friday for the northwest of England, particularly in higher ground areas, with weather warnings for rain in place on both of these days.

Monday’s lull in stormy conditions follows 70mph winds on Sunday, recorded on the Isle of Portland.

BBC Weather meteorologist Matt Taylor said a band of high pressure has built up across the country today, bringing calmer weather for a short while.

He added: “But with that ridge of high pressure, northwest winds, temperatures a few degrees above freezing and as you can see from the radar chart we still have some showers in at the moment.

“Western Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, western England, in particular – a mixture of rain, sleet and snow around.

"But they are becoming fewer in number already and will continue to fade through this morning’s rush hour and into the afternoon.”

The BBC forecaster said the pleasant weather will “take a turn” through the evening, adding: “Quite quickly tonight things take a turn for the wetter and windier – some very heavy rain for a time in Scotland and Northern Ireland coming to sit across northwest England, north and west Wales later in the night.

“We will see widespread gales develop and could see winds touch 60 or 70mph for a time across the north and west of Scotland.”

“It all keeps the temperatures up. But the real sting in the tail comes here. This area of low pressure just the south of Iceland which will move in later in the day.”

The Met Office is warning the heavy band of rain moving in late on Tuesday could be as much as 50mm to 60mm in places

Between 20mm and 40mm of rain is expectedly widely across the affected areas.

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